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Fall19 SPUR--Graduation Research in Humanities and Social Sciences Degree Programs: Outline of a Typical Undergraduate Research Style in Japan

Keywords: Japan undergraduate research humanities social sciences graduation research quantitative


Author: Takeshi Kushimoto
Institution: Tohoku University
Issue and Volume: SPUR fall 2019, vol 3, no 1

Description: Undergraduate research in Japan, called graduation research (GR), is comparable to that in other countries and is defined here as a final-year curricular activity that completes undergraduate
study. The main findings based on two nationwide surveys incl (a) the percentage of degree
programs with a compulsory course of GR is 87.8 percent in the humanities and 50.6 percent in the social sciences; (b) GR is more prevalent in national and public universities than private universities.